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Full Name  James C Morton
Years active  1922-1943
Role  Character actor
Cause of death  chronic myocarditis
Name  James Morton
Resting place  Holy Cross Cemetery
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Born  August 25, 1884 (1884-08-25) Helena, Montana, United States
Other names  James Carmody Lankton; James C. Lankton
Died  October 24, 1942, Reseda, Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies  The Devil's Brother, Disorder in the Court, The Bohemian Girl, Tit for Tat, Pardon My Scotch
Similar People  Charley Rogers, Art Lloyd, Del Lord, James W Horne, Jules White

James C. Morton (August 25, 1884 – October 24, 1942) was an American character actor. He appeared in 187 films between 1922-43.



Born in Helena, Montana, Morton is best known to modern audiences as the hapless soul whose toupee was often removed at the most inopportune times. Perhaps the best known example of this embarrassment is in the Three Stooges film Disorder in the Court, in which Larry Fine's violin bow yanks Morton's hairpiece off. The Stooges then misinterpret the toupee as a wild tarantula, leading Moe Howard to grab a pistol from a court bailiff and shoot it.

Morton appeared in many Hal Roach productions, playing supporting roles with Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy., and also played a small role in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.

On the Los Angeles stage Morton played the title role of Tik-Tok in The Tik-Tok Man of Oz (1913), by L. Frank Baum, Louis F. Gottschalk, Victor Schertzinger and Oliver Morosco.

Morton died of chronic myocarditis on October 24, 1942, in Reseda, California. He had suffered from the condition for approximately 11 years.

Selected filmography


  • A Daughter of Uncle Sam (1918)
  • References

    James C. Morton Wikipedia

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